May 18, 2017
HARRISONBURG – Beam Brothers Trucking in Mount Crawford was hit hard Tuesday by the federal government as four of its officers pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges, and the company was slapped with more than $3 million in fines, restitution and forfeitures, according to a press release.
The company once hauled United States mail.
Between 1999 and 2017, Beam Brothers Trucking knowingly violated the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s safety regulations by encouraging, permitting, causing or requiring drivers for Beam Brothers Trucking to make trips in violation of federal safety regulations designed to prevent commercial motor vehicle crashes caused by fatigued drivers, according to evidence presented by Assistant United States Attorneys Stephen J. Pfleger and Christopher Kavanaugh.
Those violations included: falsely recording their duty statuses; encouraging and permitting some Beam Brothers Trucking commercial motor vehicle drivers to falsify their time sheets to report fewer hours worked than they actually worked; telling some Beam Brothers Trucking drivers that they would not be paid for short rest periods while waiting for their trailers to be loaded or unloaded at postal facilities; failing to inform some Beam Brothers Trucking drivers of pay requirements of their mail contracts; failing to review and consider some requests from Beam Brothers Trucking for additional pay and failing to pay some Beam Brothers Trucking drivers as required under the federal Service Contract Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the mail contracts, federal authorities said.